"hall of fame"

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Tue Aug 2 11:57:09 UTC 2005

Bill Mullins cites:
Baltimore Phoenix and Budget (1841-1842); Jan 1842; 1, 10; pg. 394
"Unaw'd in Athen's halls of fame,
His glorious accents rung;
The temple trembled at the name
Of Jesus from his tongue."

Author: G.P. Putnam & Co.
Title: Putnam's home cyclopedia ...
Publication date: 1852-1853. p. 525 col 2.
"In a meadow to the W. is the colossal bronze statue of Bavaria, by
Schwanthaler, 84 ft. high.  Near it is the "Hall of Fame." " [in entry
for  Munich]

I wouldn't count on that first one. That's just poetic diction, imho, for
"famous halls", and only happens to coincide in form with the expression.

In writing that last sentence I started to use "homographic", and then
"homophonous", and then gave up. Have we got a word to describe specifically
a word or phrase that is identical in form with another, but has a different
meaning? ... H-m-m... H-m-n-m.... Homonym? Maybe I shouldn't do this sort of
stuff before breakfast.

-- Mark
   (by hand)

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